Supreme Court refuses to delay elections

Posted January 24, 2014

— The state Supreme Court has refused to delay the filing period for this year's legislative and congressional elections to accommodate a long-running case over how voting districts were drawn.

In a one-sentence ruling Friday, the court denied a motion by a former Democratic lawmaker, the NAACP and others suing the state that asked that the filing period for this year's election not open until the court had reached a verdict.

"I don't think this affects the merits of the case," said Eddie Speas, a lawyer representing the plaintiffs.

Lawyers for the state and the lawmakers who drew the districts said they were drawn to abide by prior state Supreme Court rulings and federal law. Those challenging the districts say they divide voters along racial lines and use other illegal tactics.

"We have said all along that the General Assembly followed the letter of the law in establishing new voting boundaries. Today‚Äôs Supreme Court decision is further evidence that the redistricting process was fair and legal," read a joint statement from Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett, and Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, the principal architects of the redistricting plan.  

The federal government has already said the districts do not violate federal voting rights laws. A panel of three Superior Court judges ruled last year that the districts do not constitute "a violation of any cognizable equal protection rights of any North Carolina citizens."


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  • ncouterbanks69 Jan 28, 2014


  • GOPtakersSociety Jan 27, 2014

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    Hey why not just say exactly what you mean..."Bring back the Jim Crow days"!!

  • GOPtakersSociety Jan 27, 2014

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    that's fine, be prepared to get flooded with absentee voting, seeing that the GOP didn't bother regulating the biggest voter fraud issue!

  • Jump1 Jan 27, 2014

    Good move by the courts, they understand what is important, and not bending to a group that believes they are above the laws of this state.

  • tmstubbs63 Jan 27, 2014

    This article would have never been written if it were the Dems with the "gerrymandered" districts of old. No mention would have been made. But put the shoe on the other foot and this is what you get from WRAL.

  • Tax Man Jan 25, 2014

    Time for the NAACP to get out of our state and go race bait somewhere else. We don't need you as we already have equal rights for all North Carolinians and we have a great legislature finally without any prejudice.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 24, 2014

    Thanks for getting it right this time, Judges in Robes.

    The days of Dems controlling the message are over.

    You can thank Obamacare and it's lying supporters in the Dem party. Bu Bye.

  • lwe1967 Jan 24, 2014

    The State Supreme Court is saying that the districts are correct according to the law. Give it up, libs, dems, and the NAACP already! Just because you think that it is wrong, the Court has decided not to change it, agreeing that it is Constitutional!

  • stymieindurham Jan 24, 2014

    It's time to get rid of all the Far Left and Far Right candidates and get back to a reasonable government.
    I shudder to think what your "reasonable" would be like. A bunch of RINO's and DINO's. What a zoo that would be.

  • justuptonogood Jan 24, 2014

    "The federal government has already said the districts do not violate federal voting rights laws."

    So what's the problem? Even Obama's Justice Department has approved the redistricting. That should be good enough for Rev. Barber.